Section 15 (b) - Report a Potentially Defective or Hazardous Product

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* Consent

The Commission often receives requests for information provided by firms under Section 15 (b) of the CPSA. Section 6 (b)(5) of the CPSA, 15 U.S.C. §2055(b)(5) prohibits the release of such information unless a remedial action plan has been accepted in writing, a complaint has been issued or a firm consents to the release, or the Commission publishes a finding that the public health and safety requires disclosure with a lesser period of notice than is required by section 6(b)(1). The Commission is prohibited from disclosing trade secret or confidential commercial for financial information. 15 U.S.C. §2055(a)(4). Firms Submitting information considered to be trade secret, confidential commercial or financial, must mark it confidential in accordance with section 6 (a)(3) of the CPSA, 15 U.S.C. §2055(a)(3) and 16 C.F.R. §1015.18.

* Fast Track

The Fast Track Product Recall Program (pdf) is an alternative procedure for recalling products reported upon under Section 15(b) of the CPSA. 62 Fed. Reg. 39,827 (7/24/97). Under this program, if a company reports under Section 15(b) and implements within 20 working days after filing its initial report a corrective action that the staff believes will be effective, the staff will not make a preliminary determination that the product presents a substantial product hazard.


CPSC does not guarantee the accuracy, completeness, or adequacy of the contents of the Publicly Available Consumer Product Safety Information Database on SaferProducts.gov, particularly with respect to information submitted by people outside of CPSC.